Whatever happened to the chariot, processions, barouche, and horses and the cacophony of trumpets? The royal way of locomotion that is. With time passing by, the styles have also metamorphosed. The chariots have now been replaced by cool and expensive cars. On the 22nd of May the Spanish King Juan Carlos I started his special Maybach experience in the surroundings of the Laureus World Sports Award in Barcelona. The keys for the “Cote d’Azur” blue luxury saloon were handed over by Dr Dieter Zetsche, the Chairman of the Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler AG and Head of the Mercedes Car Group, at the Catalonian Grand Prix racetrack “Circuit de Catalunya”. The king, who is an acknowledged automobile expert, then took the opportunity for a first test drive in the 612 hp Maybach together with Dr Zetsche.
A little dope on the interiors, the sedan has a light beige leather interior with brown burr walnut trim. This matchless model has a special individualizing feature: sterling silver ornaments created by the London silversmith Patrick Mavros adorn the shift lever for the five-speed automatic transmission as well as the covers of the front console and the ashtrays in the fond. Whimsical are the ways of the rich!
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